An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing

An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing

by Eric B. Forsyth

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Overview

Sailing well into his eighties, Captain Eric Forsyth shows in his book, An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing, that age need not be a barrier to an adventurous retirement. His love of ocean sailing was ignited in 1964 when he crossed the Atlantic with his wife, Edith, crewing aboard a friend’s 46-foot boat. For more than fifty years, mostly aboard his sturdy cutter Fiona, Forsyth has cruised the oceans of the world, making voyages that included two circumnavigations of the globe, cruises through the Northwest Passage and to the Baltic, and several excursions to both the Arctic and Antarctic. His stories will appeal to all sailors, whether active or armchair, and to travel buffs with a penchant for remote places and their histories.

On a more serious side, Forsyth has seen many countries that he visited over the decades change from
languorous oligarchies to developing democracies with a thriving middle class. Like the U.S., they have a
profligate appetite for fossil fuel, which is not a sustainable resource in the long run. He suggests ways of
bringing attention to this global problem.

Captain Forsyth has been honored by fellow sailors with the Seven Seas Award from the Seven Seas Cruising
Association, and the Blue Water Medal, given annually by the Cruising Club of America to a single amateur
sailor worldwide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692895061
Publisher: Yacht Fiona Books
Publication date: 06/30/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 26 MB
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About the Author

Eric Forsyth grew up in Bolton, England. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Manchester University, he served as an RAF fighter pilot in the 1950s. He obtained a master's degree at Toronto University in 1960 and then worked until his retirement in 1995 at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York. He led the development at Brookhaven of superconducting cables suitable for very high capacity underground AC transmission systems. In 1986 he was appointed chair of the Accelerator Development Department, which was responsible for the construction and design of several particle accelerators, including preconstruction design and planning of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, now the largest nuclear physics research tool in the U.S. Forsyth is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE), and in 2007 he was presented with the Herman Halperin Award for Power Transmission and Distribution development. This is the highest distinction awarded annually by the IEEE for research in this field. Since retirement he has twice taken his sailboat around the world and sailed to both polar regions several times, including a transit of the Northwest Passage. In 2000, he was awarded the Blue Water Medal by the Cruising Club of America, an honor given annually to one amateur sailor worldwide. Eric married Edith, a physician, in 1958, and they had two children, a son, Colin, and a daughter, Brenda.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Route to Retirement Chapter 1: About Fiona Chapter 2: Around the World via the Suez and Panama Canals Chapter 3: Fiona's First Cruise to the Antarctic Chapter 4: The Arctic, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal, and the Caribbean Chapter 5: Circumnavigating the World Eastabout Chapter 6: Cruise to Ireland, the Baltic, England, Portugal, Brazil and the Falklands Chapter 7: Cruise to Antarctica Again Chapter 8: A Summer Cruise to Greenland Chapter 9: Around North America via the Northwest Passage Chapter 10: A Cruise to Some Small Atlantic Islands Chapter 11: A Frustrated Attempt to Circumnavigate Antarctica Chapter 12: Long Distance Ocean Cruising-The Nuts and Bolts Chapter 13: Reflections

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